Andrew Stuart Murray McCall, commonly known as Stuart McCall, is a professional football manager and former player who is the manager of League One club Bradford City. He made a total of 763 league games and in 40 full international matches for Scotland during his playing career, McCall started his career with Bradford City, where he made his first-team debut in 1982. After missing out on promotion in 1987–88, McCall moved to Everton, for whom he scored twice, in 1991, he moved to Rangers, with whom he spent seven seasons and won six league titles, three Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups. McCall returned to Bradford City as captain to take them into the top division of English football for the first time in 77 years, after four seasons he moved to Sheffield United, where he retired as a player in 2005. Born and raised in England, McCall qualified to play for Scotland through his Scottish father and he won 40 international caps and scored one goal in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
He played in two European Championships but his career ended after he was left out of the 1998 World Cup squad. McCall was part of the staff during his second spell at Bradford City. He continued his coaching at Sheffield United and was assistant manager to Neil Warnock until May 2007, when he returned to Bradford City for a third time and he spent two-and-a-half seasons in charge of Bradford City, leaving in February 2010. Just before the end of 2010, he was appointed Motherwell manager and he stayed at Fir Park for four years, helping the club finish second in the league twice. After a poor start to the 2014–15 season, he resigned in November 2014, McCall was appointed manager of Rangers in March 2015, but left the club at the end of a short-term contract. Stuart McCall was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Scottish parents Andy, a professional footballer. He was the third child after Leslie and Janette, who were 20 and 15 respectively when Stuart was born. McCall played football for Upper Wortley Primary School and Thornhill Middle School, while McCall played table tennis as a schoolboy, football was a focus, and he captained the Leeds under-11 boys team and played for other Leeds representative sides.
McCalls parents split and he made up for his size when he moved to one of Leeds toughest estates and he moved schools to Harrington High and played for local young sides Pudsey Juniors and Farsley Celtic. McCall came through Citys youth system after he was signed by George Mulhall in 1980 from Farsley Celtic at the age of 16, before becoming an apprentice in June 1981. Mulhalls successor, Roy McFarland gave McCall his first-team debut at Reading on 28 August 1982 – the opening day of the 1982–83 season – when he deputised for Ces Podd at right back. He had played just six games by 29 January 1983 when he made the first of 134 consecutive league appearances. City finished 12th in Division Three that season, during the summer of 1984, Cherry made the two key signings of central defender Dave Evans and right winger John Hendrie to build on the previous seasons high finish
Aberdeen Football Club are a Scottish professional football club based in Aberdeen, Scotland. They compete in the Scottish Premiership and have never relegated from the top division of the Scottish football league system since they were promoted in 1905. Aberdeen have won four Scottish league titles, seven Scottish Cups and they are the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies, having won the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup in 1983. Aberdeen were the last club outside of the Old Firm to win a title, in 1984–85. The team has enjoyed success since this golden era, though a 19-year wait for a major trophy was ended by winning the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup. Aberdeen have played at Pittodrie Stadium since their inception, the ground currently has a capacity of 20,866 and was the first all-seated and all-covered stadium in the United Kingdom. Pittodrie was the first football stadium to feature a dug-out, the clubs colours have been primarily red and white since 1939, before this, they played in black and gold vertical stripes.
Aberdeen attract support from the city and surrounding areas, as they are the senior team within a wide area. Aberdeen have no close rivals, their nearest neighbours at the same level are in the city of Dundee. The current Aberdeen F. C. was formed following the merger of three based in the city—Aberdeen, Victoria United and Orion—in 1903. The new club played its first match on 15 August 1903 and that first season produced a win in the Aberdeenshire Cup, but only a third-place finish in the Northern League. The club applied for membership of the Scottish League for the following season, in 1904, the club were managed by Jimmy Philip. At the end of its first season, despite having finished seventh out of teams, Aberdeen were elected to the new. They have remained in the top tier of Scottish football ever since, from 1906, the club made steady progress, with a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance in 1908 and another in 1911. In that season of 1910–11, Aberdeen recorded their first victories over the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers, and led the league for a time, wartime affected the club as much as any other, despite spending cuts and other economies, by 1917 the situation became untenable.
Aberdeen dropped out of football, along with Dundee and Raith Rovers. Senior football returned on 16 August 1919, and Aberdeen resumed with a fixture against Albion Rovers, Philip was still in charge, and continued to oversee a team capable of isolated good results, but never quite able to sustain a challenge long enough to win a trophy. In 1923, Aberdeen were drawn against Peterhead in the Scottish Cup, Philip retired a year later, and was replaced as manager by Paddy Travers
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles, the Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VI, King of Scots, became King of England and King of Ireland, Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain. The union created a new Parliament of Great Britain, which succeeded both the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England. Within Scotland, the monarchy of the United Kingdom has continued to use a variety of styles, the legal system within Scotland has remained separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in both public and private law.
Glasgow, Scotlands largest city, was one of the worlds leading industrial cities. Other major urban areas are Aberdeen and Dundee, Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third-largest city in Scotland, the title of Europes oil capital, following a referendum in 1997, a Scottish Parliament was re-established, in the form of a devolved unicameral legislature comprising 129 members, having authority over many areas of domestic policy. Scotland is represented in the UK Parliament by 59 MPs and in the European Parliament by 6 MEPs, Scotland is a member nation of the British–Irish Council, and the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Scotland comes from Scoti, the Latin name for the Gaels, the Late Latin word Scotia was initially used to refer to Ireland. By the 11th century at the latest, Scotia was being used to refer to Scotland north of the River Forth, alongside Albania or Albany, the use of the words Scots and Scotland to encompass all of what is now Scotland became common in the Late Middle Ages.
Repeated glaciations, which covered the land mass of modern Scotland. It is believed the first post-glacial groups of hunter-gatherers arrived in Scotland around 12,800 years ago, the groups of settlers began building the first known permanent houses on Scottish soil around 9,500 years ago, and the first villages around 6,000 years ago. The well-preserved village of Skara Brae on the mainland of Orkney dates from this period and it contains the remains of an early Bronze Age ruler laid out on white quartz pebbles and birch bark. It was discovered for the first time that early Bronze Age people placed flowers in their graves, in the winter of 1850, a severe storm hit Scotland, causing widespread damage and over 200 deaths. In the Bay of Skaill, the storm stripped the earth from a large irregular knoll, when the storm cleared, local villagers found the outline of a village, consisting of a number of small houses without roofs. William Watt of Skaill, the laird, began an amateur excavation of the site, but after uncovering four houses
Ian Durrant is a retired Scottish professional footballer who played for the Scottish clubs Rangers and Kilmarnock, as well as the Scotland national team. Durrant is currently assistant manager to Stephen Aitken at Scottish Championship side Dumbarton, Durrant started his career at Rangers and made his debut against Greenock Morton in April 1985. The following season, he was a fixture in the Rangers team. Durrant was fined £1500 by Rangers in 1987 after his involvement in an incident in a shop after Rangers had won the league championship. In October 1988 Durrant was seriously injured in a challenge by Aberdeen player Neil Simpson, Durrant did not play competitive football for almost three years. He made his appearance in April 1991, in a reserve fixture against Hibernian and was welcomed back by 47,453 Rangers fans. Durrant went on to play a part in their 1992–93 UEFA Champions League run and helped Rangers equal Celtics record nine successive league championships, in 1998, along with fellow Rangers teammate Ally McCoist, Durrant transferred to Kilmarnock.
He spent four years at Rugby Park before retiring and becoming coach of the youth team, Durrant made his international debut on 9 September 1987 against Hungary, eventually winning 20 caps for Scotland. His final match was against Republic of Ireland on 30 May 2000, in 2005 he returned to Rangers as coach of the under-19s and, the reserve team. Following the resignation of Paul Le Guen as Rangers manager on 4 January 2007, Durrant lost his only game in charge of the first team, a Scottish Cup tie at Dunfermline Athletic. Durrant worked as a coach of the Rangers first team under Walter Smith and he was demoted in December 2014 to a position with the Rangers under-20 team, after McCoist left the club. Durrant left Rangers in June 2016, Ian Durrant at Soccerbase Ian Durrant at the Scottish Football Association Career stats Sporting-heroes. net
Referee (association football)
In association football, the referee is the person responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game during the course of a match. At higher levels of play the referee may be assisted by an official who supervises the teams technical areas. Referees remuneration for their services varies between leagues, Referees are licensed and trained by the same national organisations that are members of FIFA. Each national organisation recommends its top officials to FIFA to have the honour of being included on the FIFA International Referees List. International games between national teams require FIFA officials, the local national organisation determines the manner of training and advancement of officials from the youngest youth games through professional matches. The referees powers and duties are described by Law 5 of the Laws of the Game, as per Law 9 of the game, if during the game the ball hits the referee there is no stoppage in play. However the officials would be expected to position themselves such that this would be unlikely to occur.
Modern day referees and their assistants wear a uniform consisting of a jersey, badge and socks, since then, most referees have worn either yellow or black, but the colours and styles adopted by individual associations vary greatly. For international contests under the supervision of FIFA, Adidas uniforms are worn because Adidas is the current sponsor, FIFA allows referees to wear five colours, red, yellow and blue. Along with the jersey, referees are required to wear shorts, black socks. The badge, which displays the referees license level and year of validity, is affixed to the left chest pocket. All referees carry a whistle, a watch, penalty cards, a wallet with pen and paper. Most are encouraged to have more than one of each on them in case they drop a whistle or a pen runs out, referees utilize two watches so that they can use one to calculate time lost for stoppages for the purposes of added time. In matches with goal-line technology, the referee will have on their person a device to receive the systems alerts, Referees use a whistle to help in match control.
The whistle is sometimes needed to stop, start or restart play but should not be used for all stoppages, fIFAs Laws of the Game document gives guidance as to when the whistle should and should not be used. Overuse of the whistle is discouraged since, as stated in the Laws, the whistle is an important tool for the referee along with verbal and eye communication. Before the introduction of the whistle, referees indicated their decisions by waving a white handkerchief, the whistles that were first adopted by referees were made by Joseph Hudson at Mills Munitions in Birmingham, England. The Acme Whistle Company first began to mass-produce pea whistles in the 1870s for the Metropolitan Police Force, Referees in football are first described by Richard Mulcaster in 1581
Mark Wayne Hateley is an English retired footballer and manager who played as a centre-forward. He was capped 32 times for the English national team, and played in football leagues in England, France. Mark Hateley was born in Derby on 7 November 1961 and his father, Tony Hateley, was a professional footballer who played as a striker for clubs including Notts County, Aston Villa and Liverpool. Hateley started his career at Coventry City, playing over 90 games in the First Division before moving to Portsmouth in the summer of 1983. He scored 22 league goals for them in the 1983–84 season On 28 June 1984 he was transferred to A. C. Milan for £1million and he joined AS Monaco in 1987, where he spent three years before transferring to Rangers in the summer of 1990. Manager Graeme Souness had attempted to bring him to Ibrox three years earlier from A. C. Milan, Hateley became a key part of the Rangers side, and was voted player of the year by the Scottish Football Writers in 1993–94. After making 165 League appearances with Rangers he moved to Queens Park Rangers in November 1995, Rangers won the game 1–0 but Hateley was sent off for headbutting Stewart Kerr.
He played four times in his spell at Rangers, scoring once. He ended his career with Ross County in September 1999. On 2 June 1984 Hateley was capped for England at senior level for the first time in a 2–0 friendly defeat to the USSR, in his next game eight days later, he scored in a 2–0 victory over Brazil. By the end of 1984, he had been capped six times by England and he made the last of his 32 England appearances in a 2–2 friendly draw with Czechoslovakia in 1992. A traditional target man, Hateley was a physical centre-forward who was known in particular for his strength in the air, following his departure from Rangers for a second time he became player manager for Hull City. Hateley managed Hull from the summer of 1997 until November 1998 Marks son, Tom is a footballer
Steven John Pressley is a Scottish football player and manager. Pressley had a playing career, playing for both halves of the Old Firm and making over 100 league appearances for both Dundee United and Hearts. Pressley captained the Hearts side that won the 2006 Scottish Cup Final, as a player, Pressley was described as hard-working and exhibiting leadership. After retiring as a player, Pressley was assistant manager of Falkirk, Pressley served as an assistant manager to George Burley while Burley was manager of Scotland. He moved to League One side Coventry City in March 2013, Pressley was appointed manager of Fleetwood Town in October 2015, Pressley resigned from his position at Fleetwood Town in July 2016 Pressley started his career at Rangers. During his time at Ibrox, he won a Scottish Cup winners medal in 1993, Pressley was transferred to English side Coventry City in October 1994 for £600,000. His one goal for Coventry came against Manchester United, Pressley returned to Scotland in July 1995 with Dundee United, who paid a transfer fee of £750,000.
He helped Dundee United to get promotion to the Premier Division in his first season and this was followed by a third-place finish in the 1996-97 Scottish Premier Division. His influential style of play and his skills were noticed by Hearts manager Jim Jefferies. Pressley was appointed captain by Craig Levein in 2001–02. Only Bobby Parker has held the Hearts captaincy for a longer period, Pressley was captain when the team beat VfB Stuttgart and Basel in European matches. He helped Hearts finish second in the league in 2005/06, third on three occasions, as well as reaching the Scottish Cup and League Cup semi-finals. Pressley led Hearts to success in the 2006 Scottish Cup Final, Pressley scored the first penalty for Hearts, who eventually won 4–2. His enrolment into the Hearts Hall of Fame highlights the status that he enjoyed at Tynecastle and he acted as a spokesman for the playing squad in response to the various controversies affecting the club under the ownership of Vladimir Romanov. Romanov stated that he would sell players if Hearts failed to beat Dunfermline Athletic, this game was played out in front of a sell-out crowd who showed their vocal backing for Pressley and Hartley.
Pressley was absent from the Hearts squad to face Falkirk on 13 November 2006, a month later, on 9 December 2006, it was confirmed that Pressley and Hearts had parted company and was reported to be attracting the interest of several clubs. Despite reported interest from Championship Derby County and Premier League Charlton, having previously played for Rangers, he joined players such as Maurice Johnston, Alfie Conn and Kenny Miller in crossing the Old Firm divide. He made his Celtic debut on 2 January 2007 against Kilmarnock and he scored his first competitive goal for Celtic against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, scoring his only league goal against Hearts on 29 April 2007
The Netherlands, informally known as Holland is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a densely populated country located in Western Europe with three territories in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom. The three largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam and The Hague, Amsterdam is the countrys capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of parliament and government. The port of Rotterdam is the worlds largest port outside East-Asia, the name Holland is used informally to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. Netherlands literally means lower countries, influenced by its low land and flat geography, most of the areas below sea level are artificial. Since the late 16th century, large areas have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes, with a population density of 412 people per km2 –507 if water is excluded – the Netherlands is classified as a very densely populated country.
Only Bangladesh, South Korea, and Taiwan have both a population and higher population density. Nevertheless, the Netherlands is the worlds second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products and this is partly due to the fertility of the soil and the mild climate. In 2001, it became the worlds first country to legalise same-sex marriage, the Netherlands is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G-10, NATO, OECD and WTO, as well as being a part of the Schengen Area and the trilateral Benelux Union. The first four are situated in The Hague, as is the EUs criminal intelligence agency Europol and this has led to the city being dubbed the worlds legal capital. The country ranks second highest in the worlds 2016 Press Freedom Index, the Netherlands has a market-based mixed economy, ranking 17th of 177 countries according to the Index of Economic Freedom. It had the thirteenth-highest per capita income in the world in 2013 according to the International Monetary Fund, in 2013, the United Nations World Happiness Report ranked the Netherlands as the seventh-happiest country in the world, reflecting its high quality of life.
The Netherlands ranks joint second highest in the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, the region called Low Countries and the country of the Netherlands have the same toponymy. Place names with Neder, Nieder and Nedre and Bas or Inferior are in use in all over Europe. They are sometimes used in a relation to a higher ground that consecutively is indicated as Upper, Oben. In the case of the Low Countries / the Netherlands the geographical location of the region has been more or less downstream. The geographical location of the region, changed over time tremendously
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, and third largest in the United Kingdom. Historically part of Lanarkshire, it is now one of the 32 council areas of Scotland and it is situated on the River Clyde in the countrys West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as Glaswegians, Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the River Clyde to become the largest seaport in Britain. From the 18th century the city grew as one of Great Britains main hubs of transatlantic trade with North America. Glasgow was the Second City of the British Empire for much of the Victorian era and Edwardian period, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Glasgow grew in population, reaching a peak of 1,128,473 in 1939. The entire region surrounding the conurbation covers about 2.3 million people, at the 2011 census, Glasgow had a population density of 8, 790/sq mi, the highest of any Scottish city. Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is well known in the sporting world for the football rivalry of the Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers.
Glasgow is known for Glasgow patter, a dialect that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city. Glasgow is the form of the ancient Cumbric name Glas Cau. Possibly referring to the area of Molendinar Burn where Glasgow Cathedral now stands, the Gaelic name Baile Glas Chu, town of the grey dog, is purely a folk-etymology. The present site of Glasgow has been settled since prehistoric times, it is for settlement, being the furthest downstream fording point of the River Clyde, the origins of Glasgow as an established city derive ultimately from its medieval position as Scotlands second largest bishopric. Glasgow increased in importance during the 10th and 11th centuries as the site of this bishopric, reorganised by King David I of Scotland and John, there had been an earlier religious site established by Saint Mungo in the 6th century. The bishopric became one of the largest and wealthiest in the Kingdom of Scotland, bringing wealth, sometime between 1189 and 1195 this status was supplemented by an annual fair, which survives as the Glasgow Fair.
Glasgow grew over the following centuries, the first bridge over the River Clyde at Glasgow was recorded from around 1285, giving its name to the Briggait area of the city, forming the main North-South route over the river via Glasgow Cross. The founding of the University of Glasgow in 1451 and elevation of the bishopric to become the Archdiocese of Glasgow in 1492 increased the towns religious and educational status and landed wealth. Its early trade was in agriculture and fishing, with cured salmon and herring being exported to Europe, Glasgow was subsequently raised to the status of Royal Burgh in 1611. The citys Tobacco Lords created a water port at Port Glasgow on the Firth of Clyde. By the late 18th century more than half of the British tobacco trade was concentrated on Glasgows River Clyde, at the time, Glasgow held a commercial importance as the city participated in the trade of sugar and cotton
Rangers Football Club are a football club in Glasgow, which plays in the Scottish Premiership, the first tier of the Scottish Professional Football League. Their home ground, Ibrox Stadium, is in the south-west of the city, Rangers were the first British club to reach a UEFA tournament final and won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972 after being runner-up twice in 1961 and 1967. A third runners-up finish in Europe came in the UEFA Cup in 2008, Rangers have a long-standing rivalry with Celtic, the two Glasgow clubs being collectively known as the Old Firm. The four founders of Rangers – brothers Moses and Peter McNeil, Peter Campbell, Rangers first match, in May that year, was a goalless friendly draw with Callander on Glasgow Green. David Hill was a founder member, in 1873, the club held its first annual meeting and staff were elected. By 1876 Rangers had its first international player, with Moses McNeil representing Scotland in a match against Wales. In 1877 Rangers reached a Scottish Cup final, after drawing the first game, Rangers refused to turn up for the replay, Rangers won the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup the following year against Vale of Leven 2–1, their first major cup.
The first-ever Old Firm match took place in 1888, the year of Celtics establishment, Rangers lost 5–2 in a friendly to a team composed largely of guest players from Hibernian. The 1890–91 season saw the inception of the Scottish Football League, the clubs first-ever league match, on 16 August 1890, resulted in a 5–2 victory over Heart of Midlothian. After finishing joint-top with Dumbarton, a play-off held at Cathkin Park finished 2–2, Rangers first-ever Scottish Cup win came in 1894 after a 3–1 final victory over rivals Celtic. By the start of the 20th century, Rangers had won two titles and three Scottish Cups. During William Wiltons time as secretary and team manager. Taking over as manager from William Wilton in 1920, Bill Struth was Rangers most successful manager, on 2 January 1939 a British league attendance record was broken as 118,567 fans turned out to watch Rangers beat Celtic in the traditional New Years Day Old Firm match. During the wartime regional league setup, Rangers achieved their highest score against old firm rivals Celtic with an 8–1 win in the Southern Football League, Rangers lost by their biggest Old Firm margin of 7–1.
Rangers reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1960, losing to German club Eintracht Frankfurt by a record aggregate 12–4 for a Scottish team. In 1961 Rangers became the first British team to reach a European final when they contested the Cup Winners Cup final against Italian side Fiorentina, Rangers lost again in the final of the same competition in 1967, by a single goal after extra time to Bayern Munich. The Ibrox disaster occurred on 2 January 1971 when large-scale crushing on an exit at the culmination of the New Years Day Old Firm game claimed 66 lives. An enquiry concluded that the crush was likely to have happened ten minutes after the final whistle and to have been triggered by someone falling on the stairs
Celtic Park is a football stadium in the Parkhead area of Glasgow, and is the home ground of Celtic Football Club. Celtic Park, a stadium with a capacity of 60,411, is the largest football stadium in Scotland. It is known by Celtic fans as either Parkhead or Paradise. Celtic was formed in November 1887 and the first Celtic Park was opened in the Parkhead area in 1888, the club moved to a different site in 1892, when the rental charge was greatly increased. The new site was developed into an oval shaped stadium, with vast terracing sections, the record attendance of 83,500 was set by an Old Firm derby on 1 January 1938. The terraces were covered and floodlights were installed between 1957 and 1971, the Taylor Report mandated that all major clubs should have an all-seated stadium by August 1994. Celtic was in a bad position in the early 1990s. He carried out a plan to demolish the old terraces and develop a new stadium in a phased rebuild, Celtic Park has often been used as a venue for Scotland internationals and Cup Finals, particularly when Hampden Park has been unavailable.
Before the First World War, Celtic Park hosted various sporting events, including composite rules shinty-hurling and field. Open-air Mass celebrations and First World War recruitment drives were held there. More recently, Celtic Park hosted the ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and has been used for concerts, including performances by The Who. Celtic F. C. was formed in November 1887, the original Celtic Park was built at the north east junction of Springfield Road and London Road in Parkhead by a volunteer workforce within six months of formation. Its opening game was a match between Hibernian and Cowlairs, Celtic played its first match on 28 May 1888 at Celtic Park, against Rangers, which Celtic won 5–2. It hosted a British Home Championship match between Scotland and Ireland on 28 March 1891, Celtic was forced to leave this site in 1892, when the landlord increased the annual rent from £50 to £450. The new stadium was built in a brickyard at Janefield Street,200 yards from the old site.
The first turf, which had transported from County Donegal, was laid by Irish patriot Michael Davitt. He recited a verse that said the turf would take root and flourish, a journalist said the move was like leaving the graveyard to enter paradise, which led to the ground being nicknamed Paradise. The new Celtic Park was opened on 20 August 1892 with a match against Renton
John Brown (footballer, born 1962)
John Brown is a Scottish professional football player and manager. Brown played for Hamilton Academical and Rangers as a defender, Brown was a first-team regular for Rangers as they won nine consecutive Scottish league championships between 1988 and 1997. After retiring as a player, Brown has become a coach and has managed Clyde and he is known by his nickname Bomber. Brown started his career at Hamilton before moving on to Dundee and he was signed by Rangers in January 1988 and went on to be eventually included in 278 games for the club. Along the way, as a player he managed to collect nine league titles. There was some controversy, with Brown once calling the fans of rival Aberdeen morons in response to their behaviour, Browns final competitive match for Rangers was the 1996 Scottish Cup Final which Rangers won. He retired from playing in May 1997 after Rangers and Brown won their ninth consecutive title, Brown took over as coach of Rangers Under-18s in 1997 before moving on to coach the reserve team in 2003, replacing former teammate John McGregor.
He left the Rangers coaching setup on 27 June 2006, weeks after the appointment of new manager Paul Le Guen, Brown was linked with the vacant Clyde job in June 2007, but lost out after the job was given to former Scotland captain Colin Hendry. On 21 November 2007, Brown was announced as the new manager of Dumbarton, Brown was appointed Clyde manager on 26 January 2008, succeeding Colin Hendry. Browns first game in charge came in a disappointing 3–1 defeat by Stirling Albion on 2 February 2008 and he just about achieved his aim of keeping Clyde in the Scottish First Division via the playoffs and was given a contract until 2011 in December 2008. After leading the club to three wins in 15 games at the start of the 2009–10 season, Brown was sacked on 21 November 2009. Brown made an attempt to take control of Rangers from the Sevco consortium, led by Charles Green. Brown was appointed manager of Dundee on a basis in February 2013. His appointment was not well received by the fans, despite being fan favorite during his playing days for the club, himself, said he has no criticism over his appointment and that, he expected to earn the job permanently.
In Browns first game in charge, a 2–2 draw against St Johnstone, Brown praised his players, describing them as having great spirit and saying the draw gave the club a good platform to build on. The next game, in which he experienced his first Dundee derby as manager, in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup, after the match, Brown was critical with the officials, claiming they are not doing their jobs. Having so far won four games despite remain last place, Brown was awarded Manager of the Month in April, despite this upturn in results, Dundee were relegated to the new Scottish Championship. On 3 February 2014 it was announced that Brown had left his role as manager of Dundee after agreeing a severance package with the club